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This is an exciting opportunity to become a crucial part of Bloomsbury’s award-winning academic division. We are looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic and hardworking Editorial Assistant to provide administrative and organisational support for our Academic Education list.

The Academic Education list publishes research works, textbooks and supplementary texts in various sub-fields of education including: philosophy of education, teacher education, comparative and international education and higher education. Our best-selling titles include Reflective Teaching in Schools and Pedagogy of the Oppressed. We publish interdisciplinary book series such as ‘Radical Politics and Education’ and ‘Race, Ethnicity and Belonging in Education’ and the list has strong social justice focus. The role involves supporting two Commissioning Editors and one Senior Publisher and reports into a Commissioning Editor.

The Role

The role will provide administrative support to the Education team in the effective management of print and electronic products throughout the publication process. You will also liaise with authors, customers and other departments such as Marketing, Production and Digital, to deliver a high standard of author care.

Key Responsibilities

Tasks will be varied but will include:

  • Developing and maintaining strong working relationships with authors, volume editors and series editors to ensure a high standard of author care throughout the publishing process
  • Keeping the publishing programme on schedule through regular liaison with authors, and by maintaining and updating the frontlist plan for any given year
  • Preparing manuscripts for handover to production to agreed standards and on schedule
  • Setting up new titles on Biblio (our bibliographic database), and ensures that any changes to projects are updated promptly and in line with key dates
  • Commissioning peer reviews for projects as requested by their manager; ensuring these reviews are delivered in a timely way; recording the progress of all projects under review
  • Putting together cover briefs, cover copy and briefing cover designs
  • Supporting editors in managing backlist, including monitoring stock levels, reprints and the Print on Demand scheme, as required
  • Responding promptly and appropriately to external and internal inquiries
  • Providing basic reports and sales information
  • Completing pro forma and book orders
  • Providing administrative support for team (filing, photocopying etc)
  • Creating and managing companion websites

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Will have knowledge and/or experience of relevant processes, systems and websites
  • Highly organized with the ability to multi-task and prioritize
  • Exceptional attention to detail and command of English spelling and grammar
  • Good time management with ability to meet deadlines
  • Calm and able to logically solve problems under pressure
  • Flexible and able to work independently
  • Effective team working, networking and building relationships
  • Excellent communication (oral and written) to internal and external contacts, handling information sensitively and professionally
  • Strong IT skills including competency in using Microsoft Office, Word and Excel
  • Commercial awareness and customer focus
  • Places a high value on quality of content, author care, company reputation and sustained customer relationship
  • Focusses on solutions, not problems
  • An interest in Academic publishing, and in developing industry and market awareness

As an Assistant role, this position is eligible for Bloomsbury’s Rental Deposit Loan Scheme. To assist candidates who want to start and to establish a career in publishing, Bloomsbury offers an interest-free rental deposit to support securing somewhere to live. The rental deposit loan can be up to £3,000 and will be paid back over 2 years.

Bloomsbury Benefits

As well as a fantastic opportunity to join a global award-winning organisation, Bloomsbury offers the following competitive benefits package:

  • Working Pattern
  • hybrid working pattern of: 2 days office based / 3 days home based (or fully office based if preferred)
  • Holidays
  • 25 days holiday
  • 3.5 days Christmas company holiday
  • Two paid Personal Wellness Days
  • Flexible Fridays – take Friday afternoon off by working an additional 3 hours and 45 minutes earlier in the week
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Sharesave Scheme
  • In-house Doctor
  • Eyecare Voucher Scheme

Company culture! – Employee Voice Meetings, Staff Networks (Bloom, Disability, Mental Health, Pride and Parents, Guardians and Carers), 12 Mental Health First Aiders trained across the UK offices, Publishing Events and access to free Publishing Resources

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